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Structural Shoring

Today, 4/30/19, SWFD responded to a report of a car into a building off Buckland Road. No injuries occurred inside the building, and the driver was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

When the vehicle struck the building, a structural member to an overhang above the entrance was compromised. To ensure it did not collapse and injure someone before it could be repaired, members from Rescue 5 and Engine 2 constructed a T-Spot Shore.

Shoring is typically built-to-fit out of wood while on scene, or performed with various struts and pneumatic systems. While this operation was relatively minor, shoring capabilities extend from stabilizing overturned vehicles and weakened building components to supporting entire floors and buildings.

Wednesday 4/17/19 - Structure Fire
Today at 8:23 pm, the South Windsor Fire Department was called to 11 Pam Lane for a reported fire. Car 19 arrived on scene in 5 minutes and reported a split level home well-involved in fire with live power lines down in the front yard. Neighbors reported the possibility of occupants trapped within the home. Crews made entry via second floor windows to perform a search, however had to retreat shortly after entry to each room due to the volume of fire and structural integrity. Shortly after, it was confirmed that all occupants were accounted for. The fire is knocked down at this time and approximately 50 SWFD members remain on scene extinguishing the remaining fire. The SWFD was assisted on scene by the Town of Manchester Fire Department and town coverage was provided by the Broad Brook Fire Department, Manchester 8th Utilities Fire Department and Vernon Fire Department. Origin and cause is currently being investigated by the South Windsor Fire Marshals Office.FirePamLane0

Photo Credit: SWFD Photogrpaher Dennis Brunelle


VES - Vent, Enter, Search.

One practice used by fire departments nationwide is the VES, consisting of the three components listed above. A VES is typically performed when search of a bedroom or other living area would be delayed if access was attempted via an exterior door. It’s especially performed in situations like the one shown in this photo taken last night, where a structure is heavily involved in fire, but there is a report of people still potentially inside.

Once a ladder is thrown, the firefighter first breaks the window, gaining access to the interior of the home. After clearing the glass, the firefighter will enter inside to start the search. Time is of the essence in these situations, as breaking the window can introduce more oxygen and pull the fire closer. After entering, the firefighter performs a quick but thorough search of the room. During the search, an effort is made to isolate the room from the fire by closing the door. Once the search is the complete, the firefighter returns to the window with any victims found, and exits the same way he or she entered.

Typically, false reports are not something to be happy about, but we were pleased to later find out the home was actually unoccupied. Nonetheless, at the time of arrival, our initial actions revolved around the theory someone was still inside. Even with a heavy fire load in a well-involved structure such as this, livable space exists. Conditions will dictate your actions, as even here, we made entry, but were unable to get to the door in the front rooms we VES’d. From the exterior, it’s impossible to determine whether or not a victim trapped inside will survive or not, so it’s our job to do everything in our power to increase those chances. Vent, Enter, Search.

Wednesday 4/17/19 - Motor Vehicle Accident
At approximately 3:35 PM today, SWFD along with South Windsor Police Department and Ambulance Service of Manchester responded to a single-vehicle accident, off the road and down an embankment in the area of Route 5 and Governor’s Highway.

Upon arrival, Car 19 found one individual trapped in a heavily damaged, rolled over sedan. Members off Engine 3, Engine 4, and Rescue 5 worked to stabilize the vehicle, a difficult task based on the vehicle’s location. Once stabilized, extrication was started.

Due to the heavy damage to the vehicle, it’s position, and the limited access from the terrain, members had to get creative with making an access point to the patient. Approximately 15 minutes later, the extrication was successful, the victim was removed and was transferred into the care of ASM with only minor injuries.

The South Windsor Police Department is investigating the cause of the crash.

4/11/19 - Mutual Aid Structure Fire:
This evening at approximately 6:15 PM, Broad Brook Fire Department requested two engines from the SWFD to assist with a report of a house fire, just over the town line on Barber Hill Road. Response time was quick, but even before the first BBFD engine arrived on scene, the fire was fully involved.

SWFD Engine 6, Engine 3, and Tower 1 responded to assist the BBFD, with additional mutual aid from Warehouse Point Fire Department, The Ellington Volunteer Fire Department (CT), Somers Fire Department, Town of Vernon Fire Department, and Enfield Fire Department.

SWFD members were on scene for approximately four hours, and other units will remain on scene later into the night.

Occupants of the home made it out safely prior to the fire’s extension because of working smoke detectors, and no injuries have been reported at this time.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by both the Town and State Fire Marshal’s office. Any questions regarding cause and origin can be directed to them.

Second and Third Photo Credit: Jim Michaud / Journal Inquirer

Drone Photo Credit: Matthew Reed

Today, April 3, 2019, shortly before 5:00 PM, the SWFD was dispatched to a reported brush fire on Clark Street near the post office.

On arrival, Engine 2 located a very large brush fire approximately 600 feet off the main road. The fire covered approximately 4 acres.

Over the next two hours, South Windsor Firefighters, accompanied by Brush/Forestry Units from Manchester 8th District FD and Broad Brook Fire Departments, battled the fire. Companies were able to contain the fire to the general area and stopped the possibility of extension to nearby structures and homes on Clark Street.

While units fought the brush fire, other available crews in South Windsor as well as an Engine from Manchester 8th District FD handled both a dumpster fire and a motor vehicle accident.

No injuries resulted from any of the incidents, and the cause of the brush fire is under investigation by the South Windsor Fire Marshal’s Office. Any questions as to cause and origin can be directed to them.

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